iOS 6.0.1 WiFi issues Continues for iPhone 5/4S, iPad Users

By Sidharth | Apple

iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users breathed a sigh of relief when Apple released the iOS 6.0.1 update, but they are now quickly disappointed after learning the WiFi issues were still not fixed in this new firmware.

Apple promised its users that iOS 6.0.1 “improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks.” But there are other WiFi related problems plaguing the iOS users, such as:

  • WiFi option is greyed out and disabled.
  • No WiFi syncing with iTunes.
  • iOS 6 disables WiFi automatically on Sleep mode.
  • Cannot connect to WiFi network.

It’s a sorry sight to see Apple forum filled with painful stories from iOS device owners. Users have reported that they constantly running through these WiFi and networking problems after moving to iOS 6.0.1 firmware. As I was browsing through these pages, I figured out I might as well let you know that you are not alone. There are thousands of people complaining, and some folks seem to have fixed the problem by moving to Android smartphones.

Here are some of the common complaints:

My iPhone 4S’s WiFi is totally disabled. I can’t even toggle the “ON and OFF” switch. I tried to reset the network settings. Performed hard reset but did not resolved the WiFi issues. Now am totally stuck without WiFi connection.

After updating my iPad 3 to iOS 6.0.1 I thought that bugs like WiFi problem will be fixed, but I was so disappointed that its not yet fixed. After a minute of standby mode of the iPad, WiFi is turning OFF.

I can’t even turn Wi-Fi ON… its gray now! WTF!!

The 6.0 crippled the WiFi on my iPod touch 4G. I couldn’t even access the app store. I know it was the update because everything was fine until right after. I tried ALL of Apple’s online recommendations but nothing worked. I got excited when I saw the 6.0.1 update but it had very little effect.

After the upgrade to 6.0.1 and the reboot, I got WiFi working …  for a few hours. Another reboot, WiFi worked again, for a few minutes. Now, it’s again greyed out. 🙁

Usually the WiFi control is greyed out and when it is visible it can either not find any networks or it stays connected for only a brief moment before failing again. Never had a problem with iOS 5. I also have an iPod and an iPad, as well as several computers on my W-LAN and no problems with any of those.

Same story: WiFi worked well on my 4S, prior to iOS 6 update. Then, after some days, it greyed out. I doubt in this case it is an hardware issue. 6.0.1 did not solve this problem.

The WiFi option was still available but unable to connect to my home network and when I rebooted the phone, the WiFi was greyed out. It has not been working since.

The WiFi was working great before I went to bed and the next morning it was no longer working. Thanks iOS 6.0.1!

If you get a replacement iPhone and restore your backup, I’m willing to bet money you’ll have the same WiFi problem.

At least iOS 6.0.1 finds networks (an improvement over a greyed out WiFi control on iOS 6) but can’t connect. There’s a real problem with the iPhone 4s / iOS 6 combination and it’s for sure not user error.

Seems like we do have a fix for these WiFi issues?

I had the exact same problem today… no access to WiFi, greyed out etc. I restarted my modem /router and BAM… it is working.

I found that having IPv6 disabled on my router (which it was) prevented any of my iOS devices from working. As soon as I enabled IPv6, everything started working again.

Are you experiencing WiFi issues on your iOS 6.0.1 devices? Have you come across any fix yet? Is your iPhone’s battery any better after the upgrade? Let us know through your comments below!

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!